How to Survive a Fairy Tale This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

If you should find yourself lost in a book,
Where certainly no one would think to look,
Follow these tips to keep yourself safe,
From witch, or from troll, or cold-blooded snake.

Be Helpful
If someone should ask you for a helping hand,
Help without thinking, do not be grand.
Chances are, they will later come back,
to assist you from a confusing trap.

If you’re given advice, listen or be doomed,
Even if it comes from an animal,
However degrading, I am sure you will find
it is highly preferable to stay alive.

Be Cunning
While there are those who mean you no harm,
There are the people on the other arm,
Most would eat you without a regret,
So stay alert to keep safe from them.

Stick to the path,
don’t open the door,
keep away from that cottage,
or we’ll see you no more.
Follow these hints,
and you will be safe,
but beware if the rules you ignore and break.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Indilove said...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!
Indilove replied...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

that's not what i posted!!!!! i said great job and i love these tips!!!!!



dragonfly95 said...
Apr. 4, 2012 at 8:58 am
this is going to swirl in my head all afternoom lol, really great job! please check out my work and comment, thanks!
XiXii said...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm
Great poem! If somebody held me at gunpoint and told me to name one bad thing about this poem, I would get shot. :) Job well done! 
BeckyGO said...
Feb. 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm
This was great. I think that the clever rhymes will replay in my head for a while. Truly wonderful.
WeAllBurn said...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:18 am
OH MY GOD. Seriously, one of the BEST poems I have read on this website. This was truly, fantastic.
Rolledthestone This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 11:50 am
Truly unique, love original things and how-to poems. PLEASE keep writing. Would love to read more of ur stuff.
PAGEEEEE said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm
can someone please tell me the literary devices used in this poem ? perhaps 3 ?
WhittyKitty This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm
This is very clever! Well done!
GoGoGryffindor said...
Dec. 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm
OMG I loved this! I love fairytales and ideas that you get can sucked into one. Good job! Keep it up!
belieber said...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

that was so creative! what was your inspiration?


K-Rhyme said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 8:34 am
Big fan great work
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Aw, as an avid fan of fairytales I can safely say I'm in love with this. Great job, and if anyone could spare some time and check out my work that would be great, too.
purpleink said...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm
LOVE IT! what gave you this idea?
Clear_Skies said...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm
This is funny! I bet if story characters all had this, they would have a much easier time of it.
krissynicole said...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:36 am
I really like this :D
SecretFlame said...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm
AshKat98 said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm
This is amazing! I LOVE it!I for sure am not the greatest poet, but I still love it anyway!
glub123 said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm
I love this. For homework we have to bring in a poem and i'm bringing yours!
consumedbygrace247 said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:38 am
Love this, I always think about getting stuck in a book and now I know how to get out! :D
daponie said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm
i really like thi poem...   :)
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